Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carved Wooden Soldier

Hand Carved Wooden Soldier,
photo by emilydickinsonridesabmx from Flickr.com

Carved Wooden Soldier

The old man
Sits and carves
Entrenched lines
Like wrinkles
In the furl of his brow
Layers are stripped
Like mines
As he whittles in time
Slivers curl back as years
With shavings and tears
As remnants fall like shrapnel
To the cutting room floor
In disciplined craftsmanship
The essence of childhood
Is revealed in wood
As the toy soldier stood
The old man salutes what is lost
And what would never be understood


© November 5, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Prayer of Thanksgiving for Heroic Service

“O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful
 hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of
 decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant 
that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the
 benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This
 we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 839)

This poem, Carved Wooden Soldier, was featured on Tweetspeak Poetry’s Whittles and Wood: Photo Play and Prompt here.

This poem, Carved Wooden Soldier, was first featured on Tweetspeak Poetry’s Whittles and Wood: Poetry Prompt and Playlist here.

This was the Poetry Prompt: “You’re watching an old timer peel away layers of wood with a pocketknife he’s had since boyhood. What is he whittling? What does it tell you about him?”

The allusion to a war veteran in the poem is intentional. The old man used to carve soldiers and imagine great battles when he was a boy. In his old age, he now understands the costliness of war and has seen it first hand. He has his own carved lines from the experiences of being on the front lines. He has seen the horrors and carves the memories as he longs for innocence lost. He had whittled in the trenches and now he whittles remembering battles on minefields. He recalls his childhood and his collections of little wooden toy soldiers. He salutes his finished product as he remembers his friends he has lost to war, just as he had lost his childhood innocence on innumerable battle lines.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Mullions

Window Through the View Finder, 
photo from Flickr, by BotheredByBees

Mullions

Darkness falls nightly.
At dawn, as morning breaks,
The sunrise is framed
Light shines brightly
Through the window
Eliminating darkness’ shadow
Casting crosses in silhouette
Allowing hope’s expression to show
In shifting patterns of morning’s glow


© August 15, 2014, Robbie Pruitt

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Window’s Pane

Journey, photo from Flickr, by Nishanth Jois, NJ. 

The Window’s Pane

The window reveals
What’s beyond the pain
As it reflects the years
The wrinkles and tears
As drops slide down like rain


© August 15, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sky Pier

 Kiss the Sky, photo courtesy of Michael Bixler, http://mmbixler.tumblr.com

Sky Pier

What if the stairway to heaven
Was a weathered and tattered road
Elevated and broken
Steady and upward sloping
Covered in graffiti and kissing the sky
Accentuating the chasm
Demanding arms wide open
And a leap of faith as grand as the void
Stand steady in fear of height
In wonder of what has been
And all that transcends our sight
Kiss the sky and leap with all your might


© July 20, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dive

Photo of The Fall into Paradise, 2005, Bill Viola, Born: New York, New York 1951, from The Smithsonian American Art Museum website here

Dive

Break the waters
Splash the tide
Float the surface
Survive
Waters swirling
Torrent subside
Breathe the surface
Reside


© July 18, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


View a clip of The Fall into Paradise here:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Zachariah Jones

Zachariah Jones, photo by Angel Shaw, February 9, 2014

Zachariah Jones

Zachariah Jones
Has this wisdom
In his weathered tones
The wrinkles in his brow
Furls with his goatee
Just as the little bird had told him how
Two decades ago—street-side
The music called
And this brother took it in stride
Zachariah Jones has rhythms and tones
He’s got music down in his bones


© February 11, 2014, Robbie Pruitt

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Salt Creek

Photo by Bill Roth, courtesy of the photographer

Salt Creek

Twisted barbed wire
Like a crown of thorns
Calls back to a day forlorn

The weathered winter
And moss on the tree
Echo back from eternity

The roots spread
Into the mirrored glass
Of river—flowing past

Salt Creek flows ancient
As the ocean—Layered history
Rust, roots and rock—antiquity


© February 20, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Poem inspired by photos and music by Jack Baumgartner: http://theschoolofthetransferofenergy.com/2014/02/20/salt-creek/

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stones

Photo of The Stoning (Woman Caught in Adultery) (2007), 
by Jack Baumgartner, 
from http://theschoolofthetransferofenergy.com/

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.’” –John 8:10-11

Stones

The crowd gathers
I’m naked and alone
Fists full of stones
Rotten to my bones

Sand sketches—judgment
Guilt and shame
Bends the soul and stretches
I am to blame

Cast the first stone
Is this why you came?
To end a sinner
An adulterer by name

Arms raise
In condemnation
In self righteous exaltation
And prideful praise 

The shadows loom
Head hung low, the hair veils
The shadow, the judgment,
The sure doom

Those who seek justice
Comfort in the law
They are the judge and jury
In themselves they find no fault at all

From the first sinner to the last,
No stones are cast
They fall to the ground and fade
You spoke grace. You wrote, “paid.”


© February 7, 2014, Robbie Pruitt

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Witness

As God as my witness, photo by jontintinjordan, from Flickr

Witness

As God as my witness
I have reason to be afraid
As God as my witness
My debt is paid
As God as my witness
My hope is stayed


© March 12, 2013, Robbie Pruitt